Lake Avenue Dog Beach Engagement

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Off-leash dog beach at Lake Avenue now official

The beach access at Lake Avenue is now a permanent off-leash dog beach. The decision follows the conclusion of a two-year trial to determine the feasibility of the site for off-leash dogs. Council reviewed results of the trial on Monday, Dec. 9, and determined that the site could continue as an off-leash dog beach on a permanent basis.

Results of public feedback, water quality testing, dog control, and community policing were overall positive for continued use of the beach for dogs. Based on public feedback received, improvements at the dog beach are expected to be made in spring 2020, including better fencing, improved signage, and the addition of a doggie bag dispenser.

Lake Avenue Beach Access is located at 117 Lake Avenue and will now provide an additional option for dog owners to take their dogs off-leash at the waterfront. Other beaches with off-leash status in Kelowna include:

  • Cedar Creek Park (5200 Lakeshore Road)
  • Poplar Point Drive beach access located near the entrance to Knox Mountain Park
  • Downtown Sails on Bernard Avenue as a cooling off beach with designated off-leash hours

For more information about dog parks and beaches, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Off-leash dog beach at Lake Avenue now official

The beach access at Lake Avenue is now a permanent off-leash dog beach. The decision follows the conclusion of a two-year trial to determine the feasibility of the site for off-leash dogs. Council reviewed results of the trial on Monday, Dec. 9, and determined that the site could continue as an off-leash dog beach on a permanent basis.

Results of public feedback, water quality testing, dog control, and community policing were overall positive for continued use of the beach for dogs. Based on public feedback received, improvements at the dog beach are expected to be made in spring 2020, including better fencing, improved signage, and the addition of a doggie bag dispenser.

Lake Avenue Beach Access is located at 117 Lake Avenue and will now provide an additional option for dog owners to take their dogs off-leash at the waterfront. Other beaches with off-leash status in Kelowna include:

  • Cedar Creek Park (5200 Lakeshore Road)
  • Poplar Point Drive beach access located near the entrance to Knox Mountain Park
  • Downtown Sails on Bernard Avenue as a cooling off beach with designated off-leash hours

For more information about dog parks and beaches, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    You say the trial ended in September 2019. What's the result?

    Al J2 Asked 10 months ago

    The results of the trial are compiled and undergoing internal review, prior to being brought forward to Council. The timing will depend on Council's schedule over the next few Council meetings prior to the holidays, or may be in the new year depending on the Clerk's office. All Council meeting items are posted the Thursday prior on the agenda. You can sign up to receive the agendas on Escribe, available at https://www.kelowna.ca/ at the bottom of the home page is a link to 'Sign up for Updates'. Thank you for your interest.

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    Is this going to be a permanent dog beach?

    Joelle Asked 12 months ago

    City staff are in the process of compiling the results of the trial, including the results of this forum, water quality testing data, and data and feedback from Bylaw Services. Based on these results, staff will make a recommendation to Council. This will occur in the next several months. This compilation has not been complete as of yet.

    It will then go to Council for a final decision to maintain the beach as a dog beach or not. 

    Thank you for your question.

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    What determines whether this trial is successful or not?

    Tuesdayw Asked about 1 year ago

    City staff will compile the results of the trial, including the results of this forum, water quality testing data, and data and feedback from Bylaw Services. Based on these results, staff will make a recommendation to Council. It will ultimately be a Council decision to maintain the beach as a dog beach or not.  Thank you for your question.

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    Love that we are adding more dog parks! I feel we need to do a better job informing the public on these dog beaches. We've been looking all summer for a dog beach(besides cedar Creek- very far for us) and just found this forum today! I hope these parks are approved after the trial run. Who doesn't love water dogs!!

    Tuesdayw Asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your input.

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    I believe this dog beach to be a valuable asset to the local community and would like to see it continued. My question is why is the area not completely enclosed (fenced) and why should it include the whole of the area including all the grassed area between the beach and parking area?

    Bob Asked almost 2 years ago

    The trial included fencing to delineate and protect the riparian area. Additional fencing was not included. At the end of the 2019 trial period, the results of the trial will be assessed, including potential improvements such as fencing, should Council choose to continue the use of the space as a dog beach in the long term.

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    When does the two year trial for this dog park start and end and how long before the 2 year maturing will the community have to respond?

    CarmenS Asked almost 2 years ago

    The two year trial began once the fencing along the riparian area was complete in August 2017 and will go for two year, ending in the beginning of September 2019. The public may provide comment at any time during this trial period. After the trial period is complete, staff will review the results of the trial, including public input as well as well as City data such as bylaw requests. A report to Council will be prepared and it will ultimately be at Council's discretion if the park is kept as a dog beach in the long term.

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    This is a great idea and we often take our dog to this beach. We love it and it seems we not alone as it is always busy. My only concern (as with the Poplar Point dog beach as well) is the decision to have not run the chainlink fence right to the water. With the highway so close by I am always concerned about my dog, or another running out after something and getting out on the highway. I understand it is my responsibility as a dog owner to be able to have my dog in control, and I usually do, but dogs have minds of their own and some times they break the rules if enticed by something that seems worth it. On the other side of the beach, fencing doesn't seem like an issue because if a dog does run it only has more beach, but on the North side of the park, having the fence run right down to the water (even 10-15 feet into the water) would give a dog owner a chance to stop Fido if he suddenly decides chasing that cyclist is worth the scolding.

    Kevin Facey Asked about 2 years ago

    Given that the use as a dog beach is on a trial basis, there won't be any improvements done until after the trial, and if it is then determined to make it a permanent dog beach.

    As a general note, with respect to fences, the province prohibits anything that inhibits walking along the foreshore (the area between high and low water),. The City must respect this requirement along the water in all of its parks and beach accesses.

    Thank you for your feedback.  

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    We live a few blocks away but it has been a great spot for a break in our walk and where our dog can cool down/swim. Fencing would make it better but otherwise it’s been wonderful! Would love to keep using it in the future.

    Luna Asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback and suggestion.

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    This is GREAT news, but I don’t understand how the TWO year trial ends September 2019... did it start in 2017 and, if so, why is this being publicized a year later?

    BigDog, Little Dog Asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback. As background, the project to create additional dog beaches in the City was initiated in 2015, when Council approved a staff proposal for public engagement on potential dog beaches, one of which was Lake Avenue. Public engagement occurred through 2016, a summary of the engagement is available here: https://www.kelowna.ca/sites/files/1/docs/dogbeachpark_engagementreport-september2016web.pdf. In 2017 Council determined to designate Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails area (at Kerry Park) as dog beaches.  It was also determined to open Lake Avenue Beach Access to dogs on a trial basis, starting in 2017, to continue for a two year period. This site was initiated in August 2017, and is the primary form of engagement for the project. Thank you for your interest.


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    I am new to the area and have 2 dogs. I am within walking distance to this dog beach and have been several times. It has been a great experience for me and my dogs, no problems of any kind. I love it and they should keep it.

    Lea Asked about 2 years ago

    It's great to hear that the space has been enjoyable for you and your dogs. Thanks for the feedback.